Friday, February 28, 2014

Japanese drop morote-seoi specialists: Nomura

If you had to name the greatest drop morote-seoi-nage specialists of all time, Shozo Fujii would top most people's list. But there's another great Japanese champion who would be a strong contender for the top spot: 3-time Olympic Champion Tadahiro Nomura.

Interestingly, Nomura, who has more Olympic judo gold medals than any player in history, has only one world title. You can see in the clip below, him winning that gold medal in the final of the -60kg division in the 1997 Paris World Championships. What's truly amazing is that he was able to execute his favourite throw despite his opponent adopting an extreme ai-yotsu stance (right vs right). In many instances, drop seoi-nage is done when the two players are in a kenka-yotsu stance (right vs left). But Nomura is able to pull it off, even against an extreme right hander.


Right-hander vs right-hander -- but Nomura still pulls it off.



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